Cairns Tour | Great Barrier Reef Island Tours
Cairns Tour offers more than just scuba diving and snorkeling at the Great Barrier Reef. Explore one or more of the many Islands dotted along the reef.
More than Just the Reef – Great Barrier Reef Islands
The premier attraction of any Cairns holiday is the Great Barrier Reef… And with good reason; Swimming with the coral and marine life at Australia’s very own natural wonder of the world should be on everyone’s bucket list!
But did you know that the reef offers much more than just an underwater playground? Dotted throughout the 2600km expanse of the reef are over 900 islands and coral cays, covered in tropical plants and wildlife.
Close to Cairns are three of the best protected natural park islands; Fitzroy Island, Green Island, and the Frankland Islands.
With the exception of a small resort, almost all of the 800 plus acres of the island is protected National Park rainforest.
Fitzroy Island is a popular destination on the Great Barrier Reef.
The island offers beautiful beaches, snorkeling and canoeing the crystal clear waters and fringing coral reefs, as well as nature walks of varying difficulties through the 800 acre tropical rainforest national park.
The island has a widely varied history since its initial visitors and inhabitants, local Aboriginal tribes from the mainland. It has been used as; a quarantine station, mission school, WW2 coast watch station, lighthouse base and Giant Clam farm.
Today, Fitzroy Island is a popular destination for families and visitors of all ages.
Green Island has a long history, long before European settlement.
Local aboriginal tribes used the island as a fishing ground and as a ceremonial site for sacred initiations into manhood. Over the years, the island has seen several hotels and resorts open and has even played host to Queen Elizabeth II.
The island is still home to the Green Island National Park and vast array of bird life, including 15 nesting species and up to 55 in total with all the visiting sea and shore birds from the mainland.
Green Island is the only coral cay on the reef that has a rainforest and you can explore the lush green island with a self guided Eco walk over the board walks around the 1.6km circumference of the island.
Of course, Green Island is fringed by coral reef so a day tour would not be complete without swimming out from a white sandy beach to snorkel among the fringing coral reef.
Located 45km southeast of Cairns, the Frankland Islands are a picture of a secluded tropical paradise. Completely uninhabited and covered in tropical rainforest and wildlife, the island group is comprised of the individual islands; High, Normanby, Mabel, Round and Russell.
Like many of the other islands of the Great Barrier Reef, the Frankland Islands have long been a place of importance to local Aboriginal tribes that long used the islands as fishing and hunting grounds.
Today, you can explore the natural paradise of these islands, walking the trails through the rainforests and camping on selected islands.
You can also boat and fish on some of the islands and all the entire island chain is bordered by fringing coral reefs that you can dive or snorkel to explore at your leisure.